Winners and losers in LGBT sports this Independence Day

If you choose to celebrate Independence Day, Happy 4th of July!

And if you recognize that in doing so, you’re celebrating the decision by our founding fathers to continue the enslavement of Black people, and supporting the systems put in place to continue their disenfranchisement, then I encourage you to read and add your comments to our other story about this holiday.

Also, if you choose to celebrate the holiday by ignoring health recommendations on mask-wearing and social distancing, then I genuinely hope this is not your last opportunity to exercise your freedom.

So with all that said, let’s take a moment to pause, and look back at the week that was, with “Firework” demarking the winners and “Dud” for the losers.

My weekly list begins with reflections on what this holiday means to members of the LGBTQ community.

I asked LGBT athletes, coaches, readers and Outsports colleagues what the 4th of July means to them in 2020. Community organizer Justice Horn summed up the view of many: “This year, we saw the conversation and celebration of intersectionality with the Black Lives Matter Movement, but let me be clear, Independence day is not a day for those that come from disenfranchised communities.”

Brandon Wilkins will undergo Ally Training for his anti-gay and anti-trans tweets, which he has now deleted. Add your comments to this story by clicking here.

Kennedi Deck

Kennedi Deck

Torment magazine profiled five snowboarders who, until now, were not known to be gay: Tanner Pendleton, Kennedi Deck, Chad Unger, Jill Perkins and Jake Kuzyk.

Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, other competitors and multiple game developers withdrew after allegations of sexual misconduct against Evo co-founder Joey Cuellar surfaced.

Maarten Hurkmans

Maarten Hurkmans has already qualified for the Olympics and he will do it as an out athlete.

This was shaping up to be MiLB’s best Pride Night season ever. Then 2020 happened.

Robbie Rodeiguez
The Titan Games

Rhino Robbie put on an incredible show on NBC. And at his hospital he’s testing people for COVID-19.

Jemele Hill stands with the full equality and visibility of the LGBTQ community, and trans women in particular. She is not canceled.

Jaide-Hinds Clarke
Spiders Athletics

Jaide-Hinds Clarke says embracing intersectionality is vital in her coming out journey.

Christion Jones crassly tweeted his opposition to same-sex marriage, and initially doubled down before apologizing.

Jace Anderson

Anderson covers ‘Never Enough’ from Greatest Showman, Billie Eilish and more.

Through poetry, Russell shares his thoughts on the shooting deaths of Tony McDade, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.

Joshua Lindsey

Joshua Lindsey at Madison Square Garden.

Joshua Lindsey never dreamed he’d go from Kentucky to New York’s Madison Square Garden, but seeing another out person in sports management changed his life.

Groundbreaking transgender athlete Chris Mosier talked about trans inclusion, activism, and answered your questions on Instagram Live Tuesday night.

As our friends at ‘The Ice Garden’ site reported, Team Trans was set to play the Madison Gay Hockey Association before the pandemic canceled the series.

Kansas City Monarchs

Buck O’Neil of the Kansas City Monarchs demonstrates his first baseman’s stretch during a work out in the 1948 season.
Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images

Just as Pride is not limited to June, we should tip our caps to the players of the Negro League all year long. Baseball legend Buck O’Neil’s fortitude and courage in the face of innumerable obstacles is something with which we can all identify.

Jocelyn Benson chairs the Michigan Task Force on Women in Sports, which seeks to elevate female athletes, and serve as a template for the country.

Washington Spirit v Chicago Red Stars

Casey Short and Julie Ertz with Red Stars teammates.

USWNT and Chicago Red Stars teammates Casey Short and Julie Ertz hugged, as their teammates and their North Carolina Courage opponents knelt in protest during the national anthem and for a moment of silence on Saturday.

In an exceptional essay, Desmond rips baseball’s prejudiced culture, detailing stories of racism and homophobia in clubhouses.

Queer Eye Gritty Philly Philadelphia Phanatic

The Fab Five, Philly Phanatic and Gritty.
Netflix via YouTube

The boys wrap their 5th season of Queer Eye on Netflix with a mock makeover for the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty.

Esera Tuaolo played in the Super Bowl while closeted and has become a passionate LGBTQ advocate after coming out.

Robbie Rogers won the MLS Cup with the L.A. Galaxy almost two years after coming out publicly.

Outsports’ 30 days of Pride moments concludes with the first and so far only male major pro sports athlete to play after coming out as gay.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday, at the end of our “sporting events that made you cry” theme week. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at [email protected] Thanks!

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